With millions joining its ranks by the day, diabetes is fast turning into a modern-day epidemic. a judicious use of alternative and conventional therapies can help one manage it well and lead a perfectly normal, active life
Food for HealthRecommended allopathic diet (1,500 – 1,600 calories)
Early morning: 1 cup of non-sweetened milk, 1 cup of herbal tea, 1 slice of bread or 1 idli.
Mid-morning: 1 cup of buttermilk or some fruit.
Lunch: 2 small chapattis (with 1 teaspoon ghee), 1 cup of cooked vegetable, 1 cup of dal, salad of raw vegetables that can be consumed without restriction (see below), 1 cup of buttermilk or curd.
Afternoon: 2 slices of wholewheat bread, or 2-3 non-sweet biscuits.
Dinner: 1 cup of boiled rice or khichri (with 1 teaspoon ghee), 1 cup of dal or curry, 1 cup of cooked vegetable, salad of raw vegetables that can be consumed without restriction (see below), 1 cup of buttermilk or curd.
Before retiring: three-fourths to 1 cup of non-sweetened milk.
The following vegetables – cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, brinjals, karelas, ladies’ fingers, tomatoes, radish, chillies, are not at all restricted for diabetics as the carbohydrate content of these vegetables is very low. Such vegetables can be taken as much as desired in the raw form; however they should not be consumed more than a cupful if cooked.
Karela (bitter gourd)
This is sometimes called a plant insulin as it contains insulin-like qualities, and lowers the blood and urine sugar levels. Needless to say, it should be consumed liberally by diabetics.
Methi (fenugreek seeds)
Methi seeds soaked and sprouted can be consumed with the water in which it is soaked for best results. Powdered methi with unsweetened milk would also be helpful.
Ten fully grown curry leaves consumed every day is therapeutic.
With a lot of vitamin C content, amla adds a lot of resistance in diabetics. What’s more, powdered methi with amla juice on an empty stomach can stave off diabetes if taken regularly.
Neem, tulsi and belpatra are great for keeping sugar levels under control. Boil ten leaves of each in water and have it every day on an empty stomach.
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